Sherry Coutu

Chairwoman of F4S, Head of Digital Boost

Sherry Coutu CBE has a deep understanding of the Digital Sector having been a serial entrepreneur, investor and non-exec director of companies, charities, and universities for the past 25 years. She founded and chairs Founders4Schools and founded The Scaleup Institute, Workfinder, SVC2UK, iii plc and many more. Sherry serves as a non-executive member of Workfinder, London Stock Exchange plc, Pearson, DCMS, Raspberry Pi, and on the advisory boards of The Royal Society and The National Gallery.

She has invested in more than 60 companies as an angel (including Linkedin, Zoopla, Lovefilm (Amazon), New Energy Finance (Bloomberg) and 5 venture capital firms.

Philanthropically, she supports the Prince's Trust, the Crick Institute and Founders4Schools.

Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the University of British Columbia, Canada.  She has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates from The University of Bristol, The University of Manchester and the Open University for her work in Education and the Economy.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year's Honours List 2013 and in 2019 was inducted into the BIMA (British Interactive Media Association) Hall of Fame and was the winner of the Veuve Clicquot Social Purpose Award. She was named Most Influential Woman in UK IT 2017, Barclay's Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, Top 50 inspiring women in Europe by the Management Today and Top Entrepreneur contributing to 'Queen and Country' by Sunday Times Magazine. In July 2015 Computer Weekly named Sherry in the top ten most influential women in the UK IT industry. In the same year she was ranked 29 on Wired's The 2015 WIRED 100.

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Ajay Chowdhury

Partner & Managing Director, BCGDV

Ajay Chowdhury has 25 years of start-up venture experience, building disruptive, new digital businesses in a wide range of industries. He has particular expertise in mobile, e-commerce, digital media, data analytics, digital retail and government as well as strong functional expertise in sales, strategy development, product development and fundraising.

Chowdhury is Partner and Managing Director in the London office of BCG Digital Ventures. Prior to joining BCG, he was CEO of Seatwave, a European online ticketing marketplace that was sold to Ticketmaster. Before joining Seatwave he was CEO of ComQi, a global omni-channel retail technology company that was sold to AU Optronics.

Chowdhury was a founding partner of IDG Ventures Europe, a $100 million European venture capital fund. He also served as Chairman of Shazam, a $1 billion mobile audio recognition company and invested in and served on the board of Lionhead, a games developer sold to Microsoft.

Selected as one of the Asian Power 100—the 100 most influential and powerful Asians in the UK— Chowdhury has also been recognised with the 2015 Dealmaker of the Year award from M&A Magazine, Top 100 Asian tech stars and selected as one of 2016's Sunday Times top 100 BAME business leaders in the UK.

Chowdhury has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as Chair of Cambridge Enterprise, Cambridge University’s technology transfer arm.

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Chris Beanland

Product Director, BCGDV

Chris’s passion is leading teams to deliver effective products and services to solve high impact frictions with a customer first mentality.

Chris currently serves as Product Director with Boston Consulting Group's Digital Ventures. He has worked in commercial, strategy and product roles with a deep expertise in product. Chris has experience in multiple technologies, including IoT and machine learning, across a wide range of industries from B2C in energy through to B2B in industrial goods and marine.

Having worked across both startups and spin offs from larger corporates he has experience in agile and lean product management as well as how to successfully launch new products and services for larger corporates. 

Chris has a real depth of experience in bringing new products to market acting as Head of Product or CEO for many ventures including: A machine learning driven product in the marine market; A B2C platform in the electricity market; A loyalty product for smaller retailers in emerging markets.

Chris has a masters in engineering from The University of Oxford.

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Grace Davey

Design Director, BCGDV

Grace is an award winning designer with 10+ years experience in physical and digital product design. Throughout her career she has always strived to put people and their stories at the core of the design process, which has taken her across the globe researching with almost 1000 users from taxi drivers in London to aboriginal elders in Queensland, Australia.

Grace is one of the founding members of BCG Digital Ventures where she currently serves as Design Director, defining new innovative break-out products and businesses. Her understanding of human behaviour and expertise in strategic design has helped shape a number of award-winning products from insurance to healthcare and she has worked with a number of charities to unlock funding through digital innovation.

She has a background in healthcare design and  innovation, leading design and research projects for the Department of Health including Designing Out Medical Error (DOME) and Designing Bugs Out, projects aiming to use design to improve patient outcome in hospitals. She has designed several medical devices, a number of which have been patented and her healthcare work has been featured in leading international publications such as FastCo. Design, New Scientist, The Lancet and The Design Journal.

Grace holds a BEng in Engineering Design from Bristol University and a Joint MA in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art, and an MSc from Imperial College London, where she received a bursary from the Royal Commission of 1851 given to UK emerging talent.

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